The New Arena at Seattle Center, which will be home to the Seattle NHL expansion franchise, is on schedule to open in the summer of 2021.
The $930 million project, overseen by Oak View Group, includes keeping the roof of the building, formerly named Key Arena, in place while the construction is done underneath.
"This is a brand-new arena being built," Ken Johnsen of Oak View said Monday during a media tour of the construction site. "The old arena is gone. There's really nothing left except for that roof. We're holding up that roof temporarily and we're digging down so we can build a brand-new arena that's the best in the country."
The old arena grandstands have been removed, and with the windows gone the public has a clear look through the structure. All that remains under the roof are mounds of dirt along the outside of the building. In the center of the floor, a giant beam reaches up to the center of the roof to provide support.